I regularly walk with my great friend Jo, (of Jo's Blue Aga fame); we walk miles round the beautiful countryside where we live accompanied by various dogs. Mainly grumbling about children, occasionally men and life in general (no grumbling)!! However most of our chat is devoted to our mutual appreciation of all things baking!
Having completed our walk, we had the obligatory coffee and while chatting (yes I know, we had already been gassing for hours)!! Jo was pottering about the kitchen, as she always does. I was on the internet, not really taking any notice of what she was up to. The next thing I know, a gorgeous, soft, melt in the mouth exquisite example of a chocolate cookie was placed in front of me. Now, I have known this lady for years and she never ceases to amaze me, in what she is able to whip up in no time at all; and on this occasion without me even noticing!
I was telling this tale to my boys when I got home, Charlie, my youngest a convert to macaroons(ever since having to sample various flavours for Jo) insisted that I make cookies for them. Now Cupcakes, I can churn out in my sleep, delightful melt in the mouth cookies are another matter. Never one to turn down a challenge I started the cookie task immediately.
These are what I made, double choc chip cookies, ever so easy and apparently even better than Sainsburys, according to Jack!! What more recognition could I ask for?!!
|Perfect every time cookies!!|
170g unsalted butter
200g soft brown sugar
100g caster sugar
1tbs vanilla paste (or essence)
1 egg yolk
1 whole egg
200g choc chips (either white, milk choc or mixed)
Sieve the flour, bicarbonate and salt, leave to one side.
Having melted the butter over a low heat, add the sugar and mix well. Beat in the eggs and vanilla paste until you have a lovely creamy mixture. Mix in the dry ingredients and finally add the choc chips. Stir well until you have a lovely thick dough.
|Cookie dough, ready for baking|
Having removed from the oven, leave on the baking sheet for a few minutes then place on a wire cooling rack.
These are best eaten while still warm!! (Although they can be stored an airtight tin, not relevant in this house as they were wolfed down in no time at all)!!
Here are my official tasters for the day, Charlie and his friend Joe. They were busy fishing but managed to stop for a few minutes.
|Their verdict-"Totally Lush"!!|